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Friday 19th January 2001

THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - January 19, 2001
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Vol 4, No 3
Doctor Who is a BBC Trademark. Copyright 2001.
Welcome to the weekly effort to compile the Doctor Who broadcasts around the world.
Doctor Who Night is back. IPTV Iowa has finally scheduled the National Doctor Who Night. It will air March 16 at 10:35(?)PM CST as part of their annual Festival. The UNIT fan club will be answering the phones that night. Iowa's turn to see Remembrance of the Daleks, Sylvester McCoy in a Black suit with white plastic spoons, and the wackiness that ensued. Maybe Warner will even have fixed the Edge Of Destruction release by then, so people will actually be able to pledge and get good copies.
Good news for WYIN viewers. The station aired episodes from the same story for 2 weeks in a row, which indicates they actually want to work through this story (The Invisible Enemy). They aired this story once before, of course, so it's unclear whether they will go back to The Invasion of Time when Invisible is finished or play something else.
Saturday schedules on PBS stations could be unreliable this weekend, as many of them are covering the US Presidential Innaguration. While George W. Bush does not have a reputation for being chronically late like his predecessor had before the 1993 Innaguration, these ceremonies are famous for going on and on. Doctor Who is less likely than other shows to suffer from this marathon running long, as the earliest any station is airing the show is KBTC at 7PM Pacific Time (10PM Eastern). But things happen, so beware. As someone who nearly froze with the Boy Scouts doing crowd control in 1993, my sympathies for everyone who's going to be out in that weather. No wonder some Daleks had attachments that let them emit fire. It probably helped them keep warm.
Additions and corrections are welcome at, , and bfelliott3 on AOL IM. And now, the listings:


WPBR 1340 AM West Palm Beach, FL
Internet Stream - live or archived -
Sun 11:05PM EST Interstellar Transmissions ep 7 - Two Strikes, You're Out
Joey Reynolds' weekly look at sci-fi news. Any Doctor Who news would be early in the hour. The main story will be the upcoming dual strike between actors and writers, and the cataclysmic temporal wobbly effect on this year's movies. Can the galaxy survive with rushed films followed by a drought? Arne Starr is the guest in a tale of Sci-Fi Nuclear Winter. No episode next weekend due to the Super Bowl.


UK Gold
Sun 8:05-10:55AM GMT The Monster of Peladon movie
The Doctor returns to Peladon as that planet faces another menace. The miners are ready to revolt, and some of the members of the Galactic Federation want Peladon to remain weak, no matter how dangerous that is.

UK Gold 2
UK Gold 2 continues its disturbing trend of not repeating UK Gold stories that are more than 4 episodes long. So, tape Monster Of Peladon on UK Gold
in the morning, because UK Gold 2 will air a Knotts Landing Omnibus.
BBC Prime
Late Fri 12:55AM*, Sat 3:30PM, Sun 11:30AM CET Black Orchid ep 2 of 2
*Not seen in all regions. The 5th Doctor is arrested for murder. Can the Cranleigh family bring themselves to tell the truth and help him?
Late Thu 12:40AM CET Time-Flight ep 1 of 4
If the listings are correct, BBC Prime is skipping Earthshock altogether and going to the following story. My sympathies for any viewers watching the series for the first time who are going to wonder what happened. Still, maybe it's just a goof on the website.
UKTV Australia
Sun 7AM, Late Sun 1AM AEDT Revenge of the Cybermen all 4 eps
A space plague, a slimy scientist, battle scarred humans, battle scarred Cybermen, and battle scarred pigmy people inside a gold planet. All told, I suspect the Doctor, Sarah, and Harry would have preferred to just read 3 month old magazines in a waiting room until the TARDIS turned up.
Mon 11:30PM AEDT Planet of Evil ep 4 of 4
The Doctor tries to save the Morestrans by removing Professor Sorenson from the ship. The ship accelerates back towards the anti-matter planet.
Tue-Fri 11:30PM AEDT Pyramids of Mars eps 1 - 4 of 4
Revenge is a bad idea. You try to come up with a penalty worse than death. Imprisonment, immobilization, lack of companionship, that sort of deal. But as long as your enemy is alive, you leave the way to danger. Traps fail, locks become unlocked. And then that person wants his own revenge ...
Prime TV New Zealand
Sun-Tue 6:30PM The Time Warrior eps 2 - 4 of 4
Last rerun in 1986. Sarah refuses to believe she has traveled backwards in time. The rational 3rdDoctor is forced into the uncomfortable position of creating "magic" to fight off Irongron the warlord and his extra-terrestrial friend. The name of the Doctor's home planet is revealed in this story.
Wed 6:30PM Invasion ep 1 of 6
Black & White. Never before shown in New Zealand! The Doctor and Sarah find London deserted. Apart from some dinosaurs and an incensed military, of course.
Thu-Fri 6:30PM Invasion of the Dinosaurs eps 2 - 3 of 6
Only previous showing in 1986. Was titled episodes 1+2 in 1986 airing. The Doctor works with U*N*I*T to neutralize the dinosaur menace. But is he prepared for the Enemy Within the people he cares about?
BBC America
Mon-Thu 8AM EST (5AM PST); Reruns following weekdays 5AM EST (2AM PST) - 2 episodes per day, edited into movie format
Mon-Tue/Tue-Wed The Ark In Space movie, both parts

While humanity was sleeping, an insect came aboard. A hungry insect. Now its descendants are hungry again.
Wed-Thu/Thu-Fri Genesis of the Daleks movie, parts 1+2 of 3
As Davros puts the finishing touches on his Mark III Travel Machine design, a Kaled scientist begins to suspect that Davros has more sinister motives than just protecting their species. Does a strange, curly-haired prisoner hold the answers for how to deal with a beloved leader that has lost his way?
NHPTV New Hampshire 11,49,52
Late Thu 12:30AM EST The Sun Makers eps 3+4 of 4
Leela is sentenced to death, and the Doctor begins a revolution in his efforts to save her.
WQED/WQEX 13,16 Pittsburgh, PA
Sat 11:30PM EST The Stones of Blood eps 3+4 of 4
A ship stranded in Hyperspace holds the secret to the power of Vivian Fay, as well as the key to the whereabouts of the third key in The Key To Time.
WYBE 35 Philadelphia, PA
Sat 11PM EST Snakedance eps 3+4 of 4
The Mara plans to use the 500th anniversary celebrations of the Manussan Empire to re-emerge into the land of the living. The Doctor searches for the man who became one with the snakes.
MPT Maryland 22,28,31,36,62,67
Sat 11:30PM EST Time and the Rani movie
As the administration changes in Washington, DC, MPT changes its Doctor to Sylvester McCoy. First up - the Rani muddles the Doctor's memories in hopes of using him to rebuild a device she wants to use to gain control over time.
WUSF 16 Tampa, FL
Sat 11:30PM EST Delta and the Bannermen ep 1 of 3
In another horrifying example of raging bureaucracy, someone has set up a toll bridge in deep space! Worse still, the toll station has come up with promotional gimmicks to drum up interest, like free trips to Disneyland in Florida! (That explains the tourists.) Will the 7th Doctor and Mel be wise enough not to join a bus of fools and go straight into extreme danger? Ken Dodd guest- stars with a disturbingly believable portrayal of a toll operator.
WCET 48 Cincinnati, OH
Sat 11:30PM EST The Invisible Enemy eps 2+3 of 4
To protect the galaxy from his virus-addled mind, the Doctor shuts himself down. This leaves Leela to organize the resistance and get him medical help.
WYIN 56 Garry, IN (Chicago, IL)
Sat 10PM CST The Invisible Enemy ep 3(?) of 4
If this is actually the episode to air, see WCET for details.
WILL 12 Urbana, IL
Sat 11:20PM CST The Sontaran Experiment ep 1 of 2
Clean air, rolling hills, no people. Perfect spot for an invasion. Or, more likely, tell your boss you're off on an invasion while you're really off having a picnic.
TPT 2 St. Paul, MN
Sat 11:30PM, Sun 5:30AM CST The Invasion of Time ep 2 of 6
Borusa's fears may have come true. The Doctor is now the President - and he's a despot.
IPTV Iowa 11,12,21,24,27,32,32,36
Fri 11:05PM CST The Creature from the Pit eps 3+4 of 4
With the help of Organon the renowned astrologer, the Doctor and Romana hurry to learn the secrets behind Lady Adrasta and the big green blob in the cave before Chloris is killed. But which secret is the important secret?
PPTV North Dakota 2,3,4,6,9,13,19
Fri 10:30PM CST (9:30PM MST) The Stones of Blood ep 2 of 4
A vicious attack by a living stone from a Druidic circle leaves K9 hovering between life and death.
KBDI/K32EO 12,32 Denver/Colorado Springs, CO
Late Fri 12:30AM MST City of Death all 4 eps
This is the third time the Doctor has visited Paris on screen (The Reign Of Terror, The Massacre), and this time he finally gets to enjoy himself. At least until someone starts playing around with time and endangering the history of the world. And yes, they actually filmed in Paris.
Sat 10PM MST The Creature from the Pit eps 1+2 of 4
A distress call brings the Doctor to the planet Chloris, where the dictatress Adrasta rules the vegetation laden world with a metal will. Might not be the best story to use to introduce the series to a Greenpeace activist. Industry squeezed out by letting the wilderness overgrow the place. Horrors. :-)
KUED 7 Salt Lake City, UT
Sat 11PM, Late Sat 12:30AM MST The Hand Of Fear ep 2 of 4
Sarah Jane Smith takes control of a nuclear research station and sets the dials for an explosion. The hand begins to move.
KBTC/KCKA/K65BU 28,15,65 Tacoma/Centralia/Gray's River, WA
Sat 7PM, Late Sat 12:30AM PST Horror of Fang Rock eps 1+2 of 4
A mysterious landing in the sea creates a fog bank and silences the light of a lighthouse, causing a ship to crash on the rocks. Superstitious lighthouse keeper Reuben suspects a supernatural force at work. He's close.
KTEH 54 San Jose, CA
Sun 11PM PST The Edge of Destruction movie (The Edge Of Destruction, The Brink Of Disaster)
An explosion aboard TARDIS leaves the crew with fragmented memories and a paranoid suspicion of each other. NOTE - the movie version has a scene missing from the US episodic version - the cliffhanger at the end leading into the Marco Polo story, followed by the original closing credits from 1964. The recent video release of Edge Of Destruction in America accidentally used the US episodic prints, and did not have that scene, necessitating a recall.
Sun 11:47(?)PM PST "KTEH Doctor Who Music Video No. 1)" music video - world premiere!
Deep in the caverns of KTEH, several Doctor Who music videos have been put together. The first one is premiering here. I don't have the info right with me on which video is airing, but my addled memory tells me that they sounded like they would be very good when I was told about them some time ago. Set the VCR.